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How ageless play benefits residents and children

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Wendy Lawrence, Diversional Therapist at Villa Maria Centre (Fortitude Valley) was recently interviewed, along with Playgroup Queensland CEO Stephen Alderman, by  ABC Radio Brisbane about the benefits of inter-generational play.

Pre-schoolers have been visiting Villa Maria residential aged care home in Brisbane for the past two and a half years and are a great antidote to loneliness and isolation.

"When the children arrive they bring such spontaneity and fun," says Wendy. "Their visit breaks up the atmosphere and you just can't help but get involved. All they want to do is play, be present and in the moment."

Listen to Wendy Lawrence here - ABC Radio Brisbane - Ageless Play

Wendy also talks about the positive impact the children have on residents living with dementia.

"We have seen some beautiful moments," says Wendy. "One example is a lady in her 80s who is living with dementia. When the children visit they come up and hug her, they touch her cheek, they might give her something like a flower they have picked from the garden. It lightens her, any burdens lift from her because she doesn't have to be anyone with them, she just has to be who she is in that moment." 

Catholic Healthcare also encourages viewing the new program, Old People's Home for Four Year Olds on ABC TV and iView.